North East Wales

Wrexham council rejects day centre at Tyn Y Capel pub

Members of Save The Tyn Y Capel Campaign outside Wrexham Guildhall
Image caption Members of Save The Tyn Y Capel Campaign outside the planning meeting at Wrexham Guildhall

Councillors in Wrexham have rejected plans to allow a village pub to be turned into a day care centre.

That has prompted fresh hope among residents that they could run it as a community venture.

The Tyn Y Capel in Minera closed in February, and is being used as a centre for elderly people.

The council planning committee rejected the application, saying "policy to change its use had not been followed". The owner has been asked to comment.

Gale Taylor, chair of the Save The Tyn Y Capel Campaign, said there was a lot of upset when the pub closed.

She said the group was set up after carrying out research among residents asking if they wanted to retain a pub in the village.

They now want to approach the owner asking to lease it as a community-run pub.

'Glimmers of hope'

The planning committee meeting at Wrexham Guildhall on Monday was told that the current owner had not made a good enough case to show a pub was not viable in the village.

The decision came after a recent report showed 375 pubs closed in Wales from 2007-10.

The figures were released by the Save Our Pubs and Clubs campaign, a coalition of groups which wants the smoking ban to be amended.

They show that Wales has suffered a similar rate of decline in pub numbers to England since both countries banned smoking in pubs.

North Wales Plaid AM Llyr Huws Gruffydd said community pubs were "glimmers of hope" as the pub trade suffered a combination of rising costs, cut-price alcohol promotions by supermarkets and the economic downturn.

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